If you consider yourself a morning person, good for you. We’re jealous, honestly. But for many of us, it takes an extreme amount effort to not only get out of bed, but also to actually perk up and get ready for the day efficiently and effectively. The truth is that after hitting that snooze button one too many times, you end up having less time to actually stand in front of your closet and find the perfect outfit that’ll work for everything you have coming up that day. Fortunately, however, there are actually a few ways to streamline your morning routine—you know, just in case you do need a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning.
Keep scrolling to check out how to trick yourself into getting dressed better and faster. These tips are key for stress-free mornings. Plus, go a bit further to shop stylish finds to enhance your daily look too.
One of the simplest ways to ensure you don’t have to think too long and hard about what to wear on any given day (hey, more time for sleeping!) is to find your uniform. (FYI, here are a few style tricks to identify what that means for you). Once you have your vibe, you’ll be able to resort to the same type of silhouette daily, which will inherently save you time because you’ll consistently reach for the same go-to pieces to build your look. For example, in this editor’s case, he describes his uniform as “minimalist sporty” and wears black skinny pants, a black tee or button-down, and some sort of jacket (like a bomber or a blazer) every single day. As a result, it takes him virtually no time to think about putting an outfit together.
SO many editors in our office have this too.
This blazer looks just as good with a T-shirt as it does with a button-down.
The neckline here is incredibly modern.
The perfect pants to wear to a business meeting.
Toss this on, add a pair of cute sandals, and you’re set!
While slipping into trousers and a top is totally fine (and easy if you need to race out the door), it’s not necessarily the most forward look. That’s why we rely on third pieces (like a sweater, jacket, or vest) to easily create a more styled ensemble. We suggest having all of your third pieces hung next to each other in one spot of your closet to easily grab as you’re getting ready. You can honestly wear the same basic pieces every single day to make getting dressed super seamless (like black trousers and a white button-down) and then just know you can reach for any of your third pieces to have a styled, different look every single day. Think about it—one day you could slip into a gray cardigan, the next a black blazer, the next a denim jacket, and so on. You’ll have the same type of outfit every day, but it’ll feel different and fresh.
You can layer this over just about anything to make your outfit feel more complete.
We love this updated take on the classic blazer.
It’s the rope belt that makes this cardigan even more interesting.
A moto jacket makes any outfit feel that much cooler.
This is an easy way to elongate your silhouette.
In order to fully practice the third-piece rule, you need to identify your foundation pieces—those starter items you can use to build upon your outfit. Once you figure this out, you’ll be able to get dressed in under a minute because you’ll know where to start every single day. Work in a more corporate environment? Consider sleek separates as your foundation pieces—like navy or black trousers or a midi skirt and a crisp button-down. In a casual setting? A sophisticated pair of jeans and a nice T-shirt or knit works great.
A knee-length suede skirt will never go out of style.
Start your look with this cool button-down, add a navy pair of trousers, pretty heels, and you'll have a beautiful outfit.
The of-the-moment color here feels incredibly fresh.
This is the ultimate layering piece. Pair it with a blazer, sweater, moto jacket, and so on.
You can’t deny the power of the perfect white button-down.
What are your best tricks for getting ready more efficiently in the morning? Let us know in the comments below.
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